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 Post subject: Fear not, Metswiki . . .
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:47 pm 
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Knicks will make the playoffs, book it!

I'm listening to knicks fan/new knick al harington on the pregame, and he sounds ecstatic "i have a family full of knicks fan -- i feel like i'm finally where i should be -- i feel like i'm 21 again."

I think with a happy al and with thomas having thrived for dantoni during his run with phoenix that the knicks will actually be surprisingly entertaining and competitive when the new players join the team starting with tuesdays game.

Randolph was having a nice year -- absolutely -- but remember, every offensive focal point's offensive stats get about a 20% bump in the D'antoni offense because you have so many more opportunities to score points with the team looking to execute in 7 seconds or less.

Harrington is a talented player and motivated as he seems will make the loss of Randolph less of a blow than it seems.

Crawford, furthermore, played zero defense and would disappear for halves at a time.

Thomas and Harrington both have the athleticism to face the hoop and run the transition game that D'antoni employs, and Mobley is just as capable of jacking up ill-advised threes as crawford is.

I think this team will be able to take the 8th spot at worst, and will continue to be entertaining to knicks fans.

I know the reaction is boo hoo hoo, they will suck, but really -- randolph crawford et. al looked like crud last year -- you only miss them now because they are playing well within the system.

The system wasn't traded.

Instead three players were imported who have the physical tools to excel here -- and in thomas' case, we've already seen that he can play the best ball of his career under D'Antoni.

So after a day of reflection, no more pouting

Ya gotta believe.

It's not like they got back heilman/schoenweiss/Muniz level players.

These are much more like Brian Stokes players - they can surprise you!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:54 pm 
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edited to say

look at it this way

the last time harrington was a starter -- two years ago, he put up 17 & 6.

mobley was putting up 13 ppg this season and has just been heating up right now with games of 23, 18 and 19 points this week.

so this idea that the knicks just picked up a useless pile of trash that will make the team unwatchable is a disservice to the players and puts too much of randolph's success on him this year and not enough on D'Antoni who has made a huge improvement in this team - despite having the exact same personnel that played last year.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:43 am 
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Yeah, I'm excited about Harrington's response to the trade, no doubt.

Go NY Go NY Go. 8)

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